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C. V.

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get rid of politicians

politics is too important to be left to politicians. Is there anybody who doubts that? So I say let's eliminate them: they are the middle man that's no longer needed in an electronic age. We can have direct voting and open debates, using the Internet. Why not? All I see all day on the Internet are debates on books, sports teams, ideas, consumer products... and most times the dumb ideas are voted down. So let's trust ourselves and tell the politicians bye-bye.

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  • Aug 17 2011: beacause their are too many people in today's societies Doing things would be undue able. In Athens they selected a "speaker or leader for the society every day. (may be a day or a week or what ever) But in a fast moving world we live in today it would be impossible to vote on speakers plus topics and get the daily work done. Point being that their wold be to much to do in too little time, with too many people.
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      Aug 18 2011: the civil service would remain: but instead of receiving instructions from elected representatives (who. as the term implies, are supposed to re-present us), they would receive directions directly from the population. That way you eliminate the middle layer (politicians) that can be easily corrupted or diverted.
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          Aug 18 2011: still much better than in my world. in my world, you would be laid off.
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          Aug 19 2011: I take your point. But isn't it funny, how that comes across? It sounds like, forget about what people want, I want a strong leader. Democracy is too messy, let's give our lives over to strong men. It sounds like most people like their democracy in small doses, mostly symbolic ones at that. And btw, I am Canadian, not Korean... I remember what one friend of mine from Canada said once: 'we live in a dictatorship that's elected every four years.' Now that is a tad extreme and hyperbolic, but consider this: I think over 80% of politicians get re-elected. Are they really that good? Have they done such a bang-up job?
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          Aug 20 2011: "In November of 1998, 401 of the 435 sitting members of the U.S. House of Representatives sought reelection. Of those 401, all but six were reelected. In other words, incumbents seeking reelection to the House had a better than 98% success rate. U.S. Senators seeking reelection were only slightly less fortunate--slightly less than 90% of the Senate incumbents who sought reelection in 1996 held on to their seats."
          Here's some fictional voting statistics.
          And what's with the snarky personal comments?

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